Arlena Morgan Holmes 85 formerly of Wynne, Arkansas and a Gary resident for 67 years, Arlena passed away Sunday, October 7, 2018. She was a faithful member of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. Married for over 40 years, Arlena was a homemaker and mother of 9 children. She was called to glory October 7, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Sr., two sons: Raymond Holmes and Edgar Holmes Jr.; one granddaughter, Premiere Greene; one sister Ilonia Baskin; two brothers: Austin Morgan Sr. and Earnell Morgan. She leaves in her memory to cherish her five daughters: Cassandra (Samuel) Polk (Merrillville, IN), KayVonne Robinson (Gary, IN); Prudence Greene (Gary, IN); Anna (Bobby Jr.) Bell (Indianapolis, IN), and Sonya Holmes (Gary, IN); two sons: Carnell Holmes (Gary, IN) and Brian Holmes (Gary, IN); two sisters Elder Berthena Coleman (Merrillville, IN); and Pamela Lloyd (Jackson, Tennessee); and three brothers: Samuel (Brenda) Morgan (Gary, IN); Herman (Regena) Morgan (Atlanta, Georgia); and Rufus (Shirley) Morgan (Merrillville, IN); two daughters-in-law Jacquelyn Holmes and Pamela Holmes; one sister-in-law, Callie Mae Holmes-Jones (Gary, IN); 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a host of special nieces, nephews, community children, and friends. Visitation Saturday October 13, 2018 from 9-11 a.m. Funeral services to follow at 11:00 a.m. All services at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 735 E. 20th Ave., Gary, IN. Rev. Dr. Marion J. Johnson Jr. officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery.
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Published in Post-Tribune on Oct. 12, 2018.